London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride
Sat 21 Sep 2024 Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK

London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride

Join over 2000 riders in taking on 61 miles of superb views and technical terrain, conquering Europe's biggest charity mountain bike event to fund lifesaving research.

  • Sat 21 Sep 2024
Apps Court Farm, Walton-on-Thames > Hove Lawns, Hove

London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride



Age 16 & over

  • 61 miles mountain biking + 1295 m ascent


Discover what you can do this year!

Conquer 61 miles of superb views, tough climbs and technical terrain. With every pedal, you’ll be powering lifesaving research and helping the British Heart Foundation to give people more time with the ones they love. 

Found on the bucket list of many a mountain bike enthusiast, this unique event packs all the best bits of off-road riding together into one jam-packed amazingly varied route that will provide you with a dirt adventure you'll never forget!


  • Europe's biggest charity MTB event
  • Superb views and technical terrain
  • Rocky surfaces, dirt trails, single tracks
  • Bespoke, expert training plan
  • Official Team BHF Facebook group to chat to fellow riders
  • Fully-signed route
  • Regular checkpoints and support crew
  • Professional photographers to capture you smashing the challenge
  • Well-deserved medal
  • A huge cheer on crossing the finish line!

  • Event village
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams


  • 06:15 | Information point opens
  • 07:00 | First start wave (ou’ll be able to choose your start time as part of the registration process)
  • 08:00 | Second start wave
  • 09:00 | Third start wave
  • 10:00 | Information point closes
  • 20:00 | Cut off time at finish line

All abilities

This ride fuses exhilarating riding with a superbly organised route and is open to riders of all abilities.


The right preparation is the key to enjoying this event. But knowing how to train for a mountain bike challenge can often be tricky. So the British Heart Foundation has teamed up with the experts at Full Potential, who have put together an intensive 16-week training plan.

The plan has been built on the basis that you are a capable cyclist, but may be new to off-road biking. It is suitable for both beginner and advanced riders, as the plan is based on time riding and building up fitness.

Kit list

A comprehensive kit and equipment list is readily available to help you prepare.

Bike type

Hardtail MTB.

Due to the rough and varying terrain a hardtail MTB is best suited to this ride, although a short-travel full-suspension or gravel bike would also be suitable.

  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Camping
  • Free parking
  • Music
  • Rural
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Apps Court Farm
Hurst Road
KT12 2EG

Travel service

Cost £45.

The travel service can take you and your bike from the finish line at Hove Lawns to the start line at Apps Court Farm before the ride starts or after it has finished.

There are morning tickets and afternoon tickets available.

Your ticket covers one seat on the coach and one bike in the trailer. 

Morning tickets

Coaches leave at these times:

  • 04:30
  • 05:30
  • 06:00

Afternoon tickets

Coaches leave at these times:

  • 14:00
  • 16:00
  • 18:00
  • 20:00

Public transport

The finish site is 1 mile away from both Brighton and Hove train stations. The rail companies that serve these stations are both aware of the event but are not putting on any additional services.


This event has a special relationship with Apps Court Farm where you will start your ride. Camping is available all weekend with food and drink available to purchase for your breakfast at the start area.

  • Check points
  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Food stations
  • Hilly
  • Marshals
  • Navigation required
  • Point to point
  • Return transport
  • Sweeper
  • Timed section
  • Toilets
  • Water stations
  • Wave start
  • Way markers


  • Apps Court Farm
  • Thames Cycle Track
  • Weybridge
  • Shere
  • Southwater Country Park
  • Steyning
  • Truleigh Hill
  • Hove




Starting at Apps Court Farm, you'll quickly pick up the Thames Cycle Track and enjoy amazing scenery across the river as you head out of the city. You'll see stunning views as you cycle through Weybridge, Shere, Southwater Country Park and Steyning, before taking on the monster climb to the top of Truleigh Hill, where you’ll be able to see as far as the sea! Then it's all downhill to Hove where you'll be cheered across the finish line and receive your all-important medal.


The route includes 1,295m of climbing on rough and varying terrain. It is a real mix of tracks, with hard surfaces through to dirt and gravel, with roots, grass, sand and stones.

In order to get you to Brighton safely, there are some small road sections - these are just to connect you to the next bit of exhilarating mountain bike riding - but don't be disheartened if you're met with a small section of tarmac.

Cut off time

Each rest stop will have a cut off time that you must try to make. If you fall behind these cut off times the helpful team of marshals and the ride support team will advise you of your options.


There will be regular checkpoints out on the route, where you will be able to access important necessities such as toilets, water and medical and mechanical support.


  • Public transport links

  • Chip timing
  • Map
  • Massage
  • Medal
  • Training plan


  • Fully signed route with mile markers
  • Fully marshalled
  • Complimentary water
  • Complimentary snacks at rest stops
  • Route map (available on the day)
  • Participant pack by post
  • Downloadable GPX Files (available soon)
  • Free parking at the start line
  • Expert training guidance and plans
  • Facebook club to e-meet fellow participants
  • Medical support
  • Mechanical support
  • Medal for all finishers
  • Professional photography

Optional extras

  • Official BHF London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride merchandise (from £10)
  • Transport for you and your bike on the day (£45)

Fundraising support

When you sign up, you’ll receive a welcome pack that has everything you need to know about fundraising.

There are also the following online resources to help make it as easy and enjoyable as possible:

  • Online fundraising zone
  • Inspirational ideas
  • Downloadable resources
  • Top tips to maximise donations


This is a challenging event, but don’t panic! You'll receive a bespoke training plan from expert training coaches to help you plan for the event and to ensure that you’ll be fully prepared to take on the challenge. You’ll receive a link to the training plan via email once you register for the event.

  • Fundraising incentives
  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support

British Heart Foundation

Power research with every mile.

Completely planned, organised and managed by the British Heart Foundation, this event exists in order to raise funds for life saving research. This year you are asked to try and raise at least £200 to make a difference.

Creating an online fundraising page is the easiest way to raise money. It takes a few minutes to set up and a link can then be easily shared with your friends and family on social media and by email.

By taking part in this challenge you'll be supporting and raising money that will help BHF beat heart and circulatory disease.

Free MTB top

If you smash your £200 target by midnight on Sunday 25 August 2024, you'll be sent an exclusive London to Brighton Off Road Bike Ride MTB top to wear with pride on the big day!


So what are you waiting for? 

  • Age 16 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity places
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Fundraising required
  • Race pack by post

16 and 17 year olds much be accompanied by and adult at all times.

Entry fees

Entry fee